On an ongoing project or one that is completed, how do you know how well you have performed? A “good job” or “nice work” from a client or manager means what exactly? There are a few ways you can get feedback in a professional setting, and I’ve found 2 to be most effective:
1 – Touch Bases: A regularly set time (weekly, daily, etc) along the project lifeline where you check in with both your team and the ultimate project owner (fine if over the phone, best if in person). Is everyone aligned on the goal? Are you articulating the progress of the team and pointing out where improvement can specifically be made? A constant stream of interaction in this way will keep everyone moving and on the same page.
2 – Surveys: This may not be applicable to everyone, but there’s something to having the written opinions of a client – you can reference it, learn from it, and track your progress when you learn from it. You may also get more candid feedback through this medium.
Constructive feedback works wonders because it not only helps to improve your work, but it ultimately helps to improve your self. Ask Questions.
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